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May I borrow a Tallit from a friend without his knowledge?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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It is permitted to borrow a Tallit from another without his knowledge, unless it is clear that the owner of the tallit would not allow it. One can presume that the owner of the tallit would be pleased that his possession is being used for the purpose of a Mitzvah. However, the borrowed tallit cannot be taken out of the house where it was found, and it must be left in the same condition as it was found. However, the tallit should not be refolded if it is Shabbat, even if it was neatly folded when it was found.

One can presume that the owner of the tallit would be pleased that his possession is being used for the purpose of a mitzvah

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Mitzvah
(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
Shabbat
(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Tallit
A prayer shawl. A large four-cornered woolen garment with fringes attached to its corners in a specific manner. This garment is worn by males during the morning prayers, fulfilling the Biblical obligation of attaching fringes to four-cornered garments.